My goodness friends! It’s been a bit since I’ve shared my journeys with you all. Last time I shared I was getting ready to head off to my first Quilt Market with my own booth. And in the general nature of things, I was unable to share my experience right away. But I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of a quilt booth.
Oh and before I get ahead of myself, I should let you know that my fabric is shipping this month…any day now. And there is a lovely blog hop going on for the fabric right now. There are so many stops and at each you have a chance to win a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE of my fabric, Curious Dream. So go check it out!!
Putting together a booth for market was a HUGE endeavor. I’ve been to Quilt Market before thankfully, but I’ve never had a booth of my own. I was worried that I had too many ideas and worried that I didn’t have enough. lol It’s so hard to know how it will all come together. If the lighting will be what you need. If the tools will all be there. If you will be able to reach the top of the wall!
And to make matters even more difficult, I had had a majory surgery 7 weeks prior to market. Thankfully I already had most of the fabric items made for the booth, but I had little of the booth props made or collected. And I didn’t have the booth designed. Surgery recovery was not as quick as I would have liked…in fact I’m still recovering, so I will admit to being in a LOT of pain while there. I was determined not to let that stop me from enjoying this moment though.
My booth was filled with every detail I could gather from locks to crazy signs to a moss chair. I would never have been able to pull it off without the help of my good friend Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. She was a rock and a hard worker and an even better friend. (you can see her in the bottom mosaic working hard on the details of the wall) It definitely takes a village to pull off a booth like this.
The last day that the floor was open happened to be Halloween. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dress up! And who else would I be but Alice?! A slightly different Alice of course because I myself am slightly different. And I gathered loads of friends and those in costume to come join me in my booth and take pictures on the moss chair (which I hadn’t let anyone sit in until then). I love my collection of photos with all of the people who came by. Such wonderful memories. I even found some other Alices! Trust the Japanese to be on trend with me. 😉
The show turned out to be a great experience for me. I really fell more in love with my company Windham Fabrics and am even more happy now that I am part of their family. I loved having my own booth to call home (though I did manage to slip away now and then to take a turn about the room). I never did see all the booths. There simply wasn’t time. It was very curious indeed. 😉